St. Luke's Hospice

Bereavement Support

Help with the Grieving Process at St. Luke's

Bereavement journeys are as unique as relationships

Grief is the natural response to a loss. We grieve the loss of objects, relationships, physical health and, of course, the death of a loved one. Bereavement is the act of processing grief. Bereavement journeys are as unique as relationships. There is no formula to follow and no timetable to measure against. This is why we often feel alone in our grief. However, grieving individuals share common ground including a range of emotional reactions, dealing with well-meaning family and friends, and living through holidays and special occasions.

After the loss of a loved one, it is common to need support and understanding from others who have also experienced loss. Coping with the death of someone you love is difficult, no matter what the cause and no matter what the relationship.

Hospice bereavement support and guidance is available for family members, caregivers and friends impacted by death, regardless of whether their loved one has died in our hospice program. Recognizing that we grieve as whole people, our services are holistic in approach to develop and practice lifelong coping strategies. Since everyone copes with loss in their own way, we offer a variety of programs which include monthly newsletters, services of remembrance, educative support groups for adults and children, physical movement and book discussion support groups that address bereavement related topics, individual counseling for adults and older teens and presentations on special seasonal topics. St. Luke's Hospice bereavement programs are a community resource to anyone dealing with grief issues.

Newsletter

A monthly newsletter is mailed to family members for thirteen months after a hospice patient's death. It contains information about support groups and articles to help with bereavement. If your loved one was in the St. Luke's Hospice program, you will begin receiving the newsletter after their death. Anyone who has lost a loved one who was not in the hospice program may be added to the mailing list.

Support Groups

For Adults

After the loss of a loved one, it is common to need support and understanding. Coping with death is difficult, no matter what the cause of death and no matter what the relationship. Hospice grief and bereavement support is available for family members, caregivers and friends impacted by death, regardless of whether their loved one has died in our hospice program. Recognizing that we grieve as whole people, our services are holistic in approach to develop and practice lifelong coping strategies.

Support groups and bereavement programs are offered at several St. Luke’s campuses, and include structured groups, open groups, and workshops.

Please refer to the Bereavement Newsletter for specific dates and locations for all bereavement programming, and information on how to register.

Structured Groups

Grief & Life Transition Support Group: This is a 6 week support group that will guide participants in understanding the uniqueness of their grief, and provides resources and education on the healing process. This is a supportive group that is focused on healing and living beyond a loss. The Grief and Loss Support Group is offered multiple times throughout the calendar year, and pre-registration for this group is required.

Mindfulness and Grief Support Group: This is a 6 week group that explores mindfulness-based practices and stress reduction as an approach to the healing process of grieving. This group is held twice a year in the Spring and the Fall. Pre-registration is required.

Healing Rhythms Drumming Group
: This 6 week group is a unique approach to loss, grief and support in life transitions. The use of the drum is a vehicle of expression when you may not be able to put your thoughts and feelings into words . Drumming circles also provide a sense of connectedness with others and interpersonal support. No experience is necessary and the drums are provided for you. Our Healing Rhythms Group is led by a Remo HealthRhythms endorsed facilitator.

Open Groups

We currently offer 3 Open Support Groups to help meet the ongoing needs of bereaved individuals in the community. New members are welcome to join at any time and there is no registration required. These groups afford people the opportunity to meet in a safe environment with other people experiencing grief and loss. There is a facilitator to offer support. We meet:

First Monday of every month from 4-5 pm at St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson Campus, Medical Office Building (MOB), 1700 St. Luke’s Blvd, Easton, PA 18045 in Conference Room A

First Wednesday of every month, from 7-8:00 pm at St. Luke’s Hospital-Quakertown Campus, 1021 Park Avenue, Quakertown, PA 18951 in Taylor B Conference room.

First Friday of each month from 10-11am at St. Luke’s Hospice House, 2455 Black River Road, Bethlehem, PA 18034

Workshops

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of workshops related to grief and loss issues.

Newly Bereaved Workshop: This workshop is offered on a bimonthly basis, and is for adults who have a lost a loved one within the past 1-3 months. This workshop provides education on the grief experience following the first few weeks and months after a death. We cover understanding common grief reactions, coping strategies, self-care throughout the grief process and beyond, and the uniqueness of your grief experience.

Other workshop topics are scheduled throughout the year. Topics have included Grief and the Holidays, Supporting Children and Teens in Grief, and Grief and Family Dynamics. We also offer children and teen programming several times throughout the calendar year.

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Community Wellness

St. Luke's Hospice offers educational programs to individuals, businesses and agencies dealing with issues related to grief and change. We welcome inquiries on our educational and support programs to benefit community wellness.


Service of Remembrance

We gather periodically as family members of our patients and as a Hospice staff to remember those who have died. The Service of Remembrance is inter-faith and is offered as a way in which we may take time to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives and the legacies of those who have passed from ours.